Julia Fenn was born in South Africa and took her BA degree in Archaeology at the University of Cape Town before going to England to specialize in the conservation of anthropological material at London University. Since then she has worked for museums on three continents, including the British Museum, the South African Museum of Natural History, and the Royal Ontario Museum. She has experience in the identification and conservation of a wide range of materials, including modern plastics, which she has studied since 1985.
Choosing Adhesives for Conservation: the Modified FAIC Course
Early-Bird Registration Fee: $1,235
Regular Registration: $1,285
This course focuses on understanding the characteristics and limitations of different classes of natural and synthetic adhesives which can be matched against various bonding problems. The choice of adhesive will include assessing the nature of the substrate, application and clamping techniques, toxicity and the degree of reversibility. Plans for reversing the treatment, not just the bond, are an essential part of the process.
Problem solving and practical assessment comprises a large part of the course. Participants will use simple exercises for evaluating current adhesives for application to specific situations. These tests can also be used to check whether old stocks are still viable and to help to identify when unannounced manufacturing changes have caused alterations in the properties of “recommended” museum adhesives. Naturally aged adhesives will be available for handling and examination.
This is an abridged version of the popular FAIC Adhesives course, as a result, several of the original lectures have had to be omitted but most of them are available at the Campbell Center for participants to view on request. Updates on recent research with museum relevance such as “smart adhesives,” nano- particle fillers and bio-mimetic adhesives have been included in this version of the course.
Participants are encouraged to bring their adhesion failures and problems to the class for discussion.
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